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City of North Charleston, SC, Announces “2018 North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Fine Art & Photography” Competition Winners

May 31, 2018

Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the “2018 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented May 2-6 as a component of the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest. A total of 343 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, pastel, and 2D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $6,350 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Zinnia Willits. Willits is Director of Collections and Operations at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. She received her MA in Public History from the University of South Carolina and has worked at the Gibbes since 2003, where she manages the museum’s permanent collection and oversees museum operations as well as logistics for its active exhibition and loan programs.

A total of 169 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color or monochrome. Cash awards totaling $1,450 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, David “Sully” Sullivan. A native of Charleston, SC, Sullivan has lived and worked in New York and California, and currently resides in Charleston, where he maintains a studio when not on location. He regularly shoots on film and his work runs the gamut of fashion, portrait, lifestyle, travel, editorial, and product photography. Recent clients include Volvo, Oscar de la Renta, and The Wall Street Journal.

In addition to awards given by the judges, five pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These selections will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners:
Best in Show – Fine Art
“Tranquilo” (oil) by Gretchen Trees (Charleston, SC)

Outstanding Merit – Fine Art
“After A Long Day” (mixed media) by Susanne Frenzel (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Mayor’s Choice – Fine Art
“Spring I” (acrylic) by Amanda Richards (Charleston, SC)

Best Oil – Fine Art
“Landscape Looking Glass” (oil) by Rick Austin (Folly Beach, SC)

Best Acrylic – Fine Art
“I Saw You in a Dream” (acrylic) by Christine Blythe (Charleston, SC)

Best Drawing – Fine Art
“I’ve Heard A 1000 Stories” (drawing) by Bob Graham (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Best Pastel – Fine Art
“Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice” (pastel) by Laura Cody (Summerville, SC)

Best Watercolor – Fine Art
“Main Street” (watercolor) by Victoria Ellis (Summerville, SC)

Best Mixed Media – Fine Art
“Gold Rush” (mixed media) by Deborah Kinnard Barrineau (Johns Island, SC)

Best Printmaking – Fine Art
“Moon” (printmaking) by Katherine Martinez (Goose Creek, SC)

Best Portrait/Figure – Fine Art
“Smiling at Dede” (drawing) by Dorthea Gerber (Summerville, SC)

Best Landscape – Fine Art
“Spin Drift” (oil) by Faye Sullivan (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Best Still Life/Interior – Fine Art
“Ceiling-East Bay St. III” (watercolor) by Lynn Mizell (Johns Island, SC)

Best Animal/Wildlife – Fine Art
“Elephant Charging” (oil) by Robert Maniscalco (North Charleston, SC)

Best Abstract/Experimental – Fine Art
“Rowan” (oil) by Caroline McLeod Self (Summerville, SC)

Honorable Mentions – Fine Art – “Praise Dance” (oil) by Marvin Youngblood (Charleston, SC); “Designer Pets, Designer People” (acrylic) by Meyriel J. Edge (Summerville, SC); “Flying Home” (acrylic) by Sally Accetta (Goose Creek, SC); “Tempestuous” (acrylic) by Tracy Gransraw (Mt. Pleasant, SC); “Porch Pup” (drawing) by Kirsten Kelly (North Charleston, SC); “Model Figure” (pastel) by Peggy Howe (Mt. Pleasant, SC); “Three’s Company” (watercolor) by Suzanna Wolfe (Mt. Pleasant, SC); “Overflow” (mixed media) by Sage Jadrnick (Chester, SC); “The Fleet” (acrylic) by Sean Patrick (North Charleston, SC); and “Fest” (acrylic) by Pedro Rodriguez (Goose Creek, SC)

Professional Photography – Color
1st place – “The Look” by Jennifer Hunt (Andrews, SC)
2nd place – “Egret Eye” by Raymond C. Murray (Charleston, SC)
3rd place – “After the Rain” by Matthew Krausmann (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mentions – “Morning in the Marsh” by Kathy Hare (Charleston, SC); “Early Morning Beach Walk” by Vanessa Kauffman (Charleston, SC); “Below the Milky Way” by Robert Loe (North Charleston, SC); “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Pamela Oliveras (Hanahan, SC); “Three Black Hats” by Sonny Regal (Mount Pleasant, SC); and “Universal Love” by Jim Miller (Mount Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Monochrome
1st place – “The Boys Watching the Girls” by Jim Miller (Mount Pleasant, SC)
2nd place – “Washed Out” by Sean Hartman (Summerville, SC)
3rd place – “Distinguished” by Angie Bridges (Summerville, SC)

Amateur Photography – Color
1st place – “Naomi” by Olga Terechova (Charleston, SC)
2nd place – “A Maine Daybreak” by Rick Dandridge (Summerville, SC)
3rd place – “Flowers and Vegetable Garden” by V. Kirsten Colquitt (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mentions – “The Two of Us” by Phillip W. Ravenel (Goose Creek, SC) and “Believe” by Heike Helbig (Summerville, SC)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome
1st place – “Park Knight” by Paul Bryant (Summerville, SC)
2nd place – “Making Memories” by Scott Lynch (North Charleston, SC)
3rd place – “Feminine Youth” by Renee Porcu (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mentions – “Resurrection” by Paul Bryant (Summerville, SC); “Sign of Experience” by Paul Bryant (Summerville, SC); “Mere Appearance” by Francis McLeod (Charleston, SC); and “M- powered” by Christopher Cross (Moncks Corner, SC)

For information about additional exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or the Arts & Culture section of (www.northcharleston.org). For details on the North Charleston Arts Fest, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

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City of North Charleston, SC, Announces 2018 “SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” Winners

May 31, 2018

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the “17th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”, the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, in North Charleston, SC, the show was presented May 2-6 as a component of the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 42 applicants were asked to participate and 81 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, glass, wood, and 3D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $6,500 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, Rachel Reese, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA. After making her selections, Reese stated, “The quality of artwork submitted is a testament to the ongoing value that visual artists contribute to material culture, and this presentation of artworks exemplifies the vibrancy, imagination, energy, and great talent of South Carolina artists working today.”

After awarding ribbons, Reese also selected pieces from the show to assemble a “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition”, which will be available to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2018/2019 Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

In addition to awards given by the juror, four pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These selections will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.


“A Lively Live Oak” (fiber) by Peg Weschke (Hilton Head Island, SC) – Best of Show

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 “SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”:

Best of Show – “A Lively Live Oak” (fiber) by Peg Weschke (Hilton Head Island, SC)

Outstanding Merit – “Sashay” (clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)

Outstanding Merit – “Mosaic Cherry Bowl” (wood) by Dale Fort (Charleston, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards – “Rising Waters” (encaustic) by Marty Biernbaum (Charleston, SC); “Spot On: Chartreuse Raku #1” (clay) by Nancy Waterhouse (Bluffton, SC); “Summertime Tea Time” (clay) by Marsha Nordyke (Summerville, SC); and “A Small Disturbance in the House of Pluto” (mixed media) by Robin Howard (Mount Pleasant, SC)

Honorable Mention – “Summertime Delight” (clay) by Marsha Nordyke (Summerville, SC); “Charleston Box #66” (mixed media) by Robin Howard (Mount Pleasant, SC); “Refraction” (fiber) by Connie Lippert (Seneca, SC)
“Segmented Bowl” (wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC); “A Little Birdie Told Me…” (mixed media) by Bob Thames (North Charleston, SC); “A Farewell to Arms” (wood) by Robb Helm Kant (North Charleston, SC); “Featherweight” (stoneware) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC); “Swirls III” (fiber) by Beth Andrews (Greer, SC); “Three Stone Necklace” (mixed media) by Rachel Weiss (Charleston, SC); “Melting Point” (porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)’ “Lean on Me” (clay) by Sherrie Nesbitt (Summerville, SC); and “Spot On: Chartreuse Raku #1” (clay) by Nancy Waterhouse (Bluffton, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections:
“Summertime Delight” (clay) by Marsha Nordyke (Summerville, SC)
“A Lively Live Oak” (fiber) by Peg Weschke (Hilton Head Island, SC)
“Go Ask Alice” (embroidery on canvas) by Liz Holt (Conway, SC)
“Green Vessel” (felted fiber vessel) by Pam Shanley (Summerville, SC)
“Ivy Relief” (wood) by Ben Pendarvis (St. Helena Island, SC)
“Old School” (mixed media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“Charleston Box #66” (mixed media) by Robin Howard (Mount Pleasant, SC)
“Segmented Bowl” (wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
“Solution” (metal and wood) by Robb Helmkamp (North Charleston, SC)
“Dr. Seuss Teapot” (clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC)
“Petting Zoo” (fiber) by Evelyn Beck (Anderson, SC)
“Shawl Spring Sunrise” (textiles) by Iryna Toney (Summerville, SC)
“Mosaic Cherry Bowl” (wood) by Dale Fort (Charleston, SC)
“Three Stone Necklace” (mixed media) by Rachel Weiss (Charleston, SC)
“Lean on Me” (clay) by Sherrie Nesbitt (Summerville, SC)
“Spot On: Lapio Raku #2 and Denim #3” (clay) by Nancy Waterhouse (Bluffton, SC)
“Sashay” (clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)

For more information about the “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com). Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program at 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (tep@scmuseum.org).

Black Creek Arts Council and the Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, Call for Entries for the “11th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit and Gallery Crawl” – Deadline June 1, 2018

May 30, 2018

Black Creek Arts Council and the Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, will be hosting their annual photography contest and exhibit in June. All photographers in the Pee Dee region are invited to submit their images to the “11th annual Carolinas Exhibit and Competition” June 7 – July 27, with a reception on June 7, from 5:30-7pm. Images created via any form of photography will be accepted (i.e. shot on film, shot digitally, shot with cell phones, unaltered shots, digital manipulations, alternative processes, mixed media, montages, photograms, etc.), so long as part of the image is photographically created. Carolinas will debut at the Hartsville Library and the Black Creek Arts Center with an opening reception and gallery crawl on June 7th from 5:30-7:30pm.

To enter the contest, simply bring your photo(s) to Black Creek Arts Center or Hartsville Memorial Library between May 14th and June 1st, 2018. Three entries per person are allowed and the entry fees are: $15 for one entry, $25 for two and $30 for three. All pieces are to be show ready when submitted. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages in the Pee Dee region are invited to enter.

“One of the great aspects of this event is the exhibition of the community’s photographers. Also working with Hartsville Memorial Library and its staff is a great example of the area organizations working together to bring unique arts-related shows and programming to our community,” said Allison Pederson, Executive Director of Black Creek Arts Council.

Four Categories include:
“Hometown” – Where you live, where you’re from, where you’ve lived the longest, wherever feels like home
“Carolinas” – Photos taken in North or South Carolina
“Portrait” – a single person or selfie (animals are people too)
“Photographers 18 and Under” – If you are 18 years of age or younger…anything goes

All photographs will be considered for Best of Show as well as entered into one of the categories listed above. Photographers choose their category. There will be one (1) winner with a cash award of $75 and two (2) honorable mentions for each of the categories and one (1) People’s Choice for each location. All winners will receive a ribbon.

This year’s event is sponsored by ProCorps and the winner of Best of Show will receive a cash award of $150 sponsored by the Darlington Photography Club. The Best of Show image will be also be used for the poster and all promotion for the following year’s Carolinas exhibit.

For more information, contact Black Creek Arts Center by calling 843/332-6234, Hartsville Memorial Library at 843/332-5115 ext 4 or e-mail to (info@blackcreekarts.org), (joer.har@darlington-lib.org) or visit (www.blackcreekarts.org) and go to the events tab.

The mission of Black Creek Arts Council is to promote and foster the Arts in Darlington County. BCAC’s offices are located at 116 West College Avenue. The Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library is a group dedicated to serving and providing for the patrons of the library through programming, events, and fundraisers. The Hartsville Memorial Library is located at 147 West College Avenue.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Call for Artists to Enter “29th Annual Juried Competition” – Deadline June 15, 2018

May 30, 2018

The Arts Council of York County presents the 29th Annual Juried Competition at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, July 20 – September 9, 2018. Winners will be announced at a free, public reception to be held at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30pm.

The Juried Competition is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video. Limit four pieces per artist. The deadline for entries is Friday, June 15, 2018 at 5pm. This is NOT a postmark deadline for mailed entries.

Entry Fees:
ACYC Members: $30 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10
Non-members: $40 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10

Complete guidelines and entry information are available now at (yorkcountyarts.org/29th-juried).

AWARDS
Gerald & Barbara Schapiro Best of Show – $1,000
1st Place $500
2nd Place $200
3rd Place $100
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards are sponsored by Kathy and Larry Wilson.

JUROR – Liz Rundorff Smith, Art School Director, Greenville Center for Creative Arts

Smith received a BA in Studio Art from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, in 2000. She studied abroad at The Marchutz School of Painting in Aix en Provence, France in 1998 and The British Institute of Florence in Florence, Italy in 2004. From 2000 to 2003 she served as Program Director of the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle, PA where she developed and organized exhibitions and educational programming. In December of 2005, she received an MFA in Painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Liz moved to Greenville in 2006 to serve as Program Director for the Artisphere arts festival until July of 2016. During her tenure with Artisphere, the festival gained national recognition and top industry rankings. She currently serves as Art School Director for the Greenville Center for Creative Arts, an organization whose mission is to enrich the cultural fabric of our community through visual arts promotion, education and inspiration. Liz lives in Travelers Rest with her husband Brad and daughters Piper and Tessa and continues to exhibit her work in solo and group exhibitions.


Joanna Wardell, “Field Notes 33”
28th Annual Juried Competition | Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Entries Sought for 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest “Judged Fine Art” and “Photography Competitions & Exhibitions” Taking Place in North Charleston, SC

April 28, 2018

The 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest is just a few weeks way, taking place May 2-6, 2018. The event offers some excellent exhibition opportunities for fine artists and photographers ages 16 and up, including the annual “Judged Fine Art” and “Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”. Entries for these judged competitions may compete for ribbons and cash prizes and will be on display throughout the festival in Exhibit Hall A at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Complete details and entry instructions for all exhibition opportunities are available for download at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). There is no pre-jury process or application to complete.

“Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition”
Fine artists age 18 and up are invited to enter original work into the annual North Charleston Arts Fest “Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition” and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,350. Media categories have expanded this year to include printmaking. Additionally, drawing and pastel have been split into separate categories. Judged Art entries will be accepted in seven media categories total: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, printmaking, and 2-D mixed media. Awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Zinnia Willits, Director of Collections and Operations at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. She received her MA in Public History from the University of South Carolina and has worked at the Gibbes since 2003, where she manages the museum’s permanent collection and oversees museum operations as well as logistics for its active exhibition and loan programs. Prior to working at the Gibbes, Willits served as Registrar for the Augusta Museum of History and Assistant Registrar for the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Ms. Willits is Immediate Past President of the South Carolina Federation of Museums, Vice President of the Southeastern Museums Conference, an appointed member of the 2018 National Program Committee of the American Alliance of Museums, and a Peer Reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program (in the area of Collections Stewardship.) Ms. Willits has been fortunate to work closely with local, regional, and nationally-known artists as well as with private & public collections over the course of her career at the Gibbes. Her experiences related to movement and installation of artwork are often directly connected to the nuances of a particular “process” an artist has employed giving her a unique perspective on the various qualities of all mediums of artwork.

Fine art entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday, April 30 and May 1, from noon to 7pm. Artists may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $10 per entry is due at drop-off.

“Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition”
Professional and amateur photographers age 16 and up are invited to enter original prints into the annual North Charleston Arts Fest “Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition” and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $1,450. Submissions will be accepted in the Professional/Advanced division or Amateur division under the categories of Color and Monochrome. This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, David “Sully” Sullivan. A native of Charleston, SC, Sullivan has lived and worked in New York and California, and currently resides in Charleston, where he maintains a studio when not on location. He regularly shoots on film and his work runs the gamut of fashion, portrait, lifestyle, travel, editorial, and product photography. Recent clients include Volvo, Oscar de la Renta, and The Wall Street Journal.

Photography entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday, April 30 and May 1, from noon to 7pm. Photographers may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $5 per entry is due at drop-off.

The “Judged Fine Art and Photography Exhibitions” are free and open to the public throughout the North Charleston Arts Fest. Viewing times are Wednesday, May 3, 6:00-8:30pm, Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, 10am–5pm, and Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 11am-5pm. Award winners will be acknowledged at a free public reception on Wednesday, May 3, 6-8:30pm, at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Musical entertainment will be provided by Dwayne Johnson & Soulfood Jazz and refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend.

The North Charleston Arts Fest, set for May 2-6, has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina with a schedule that offers something for everyone, including concerts, theatre presentations, children’s programs, film screenings, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and much more. The Arts Fest Expo, considered the festival’s flagship event, takes place May 5 & 6 at the Charleston Area Convention Center and offers free admission and parking to a diverse array of performances on four stages. Other Expo activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, live art demonstrations, hands-on children’s activities, art & craft vendors, roving entertainers, and more.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, to download the prospectus for the Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, or for details on vending opportunities, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

For more information about other exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

2018 Red Rose Festival Photography Contest in Lancaster, SC, Call to Artists – Deadline April 20, 2018

March 31, 2018

Red Rose Festival Photography Contest & Exhibition is a collaborative partnership between the City of Lancaster, SC, Katawba Valley Land Trust (KVLT) and the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and will take part with the annual Red Rose Festival on May 18/19, 2018, in downtown Lancaster. Open to all ages, participants are asked to submit one 8×10 color or black/white photograph, focusing on the beauty and breathtaking views of nature in Lancaster County​.​ There is no entry fee. This is a juried competition and there are cash awards: $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. In addition, an Honorable Mention photograph is named. Exhibition will be on display in the Springs House galleries during May.

All submissions are due by 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC. For more information and/or to register call 803/285-7451, e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com) or visit (www.lccarts.net). ​

Asheville Fine Art Show Calls for Entries for Its “Youth Art Competition” – Deadline May 1, 2018

March 31, 2018

Nationally-renowned art show organizer Hot Works, LLC is inviting aspiring young artists ages 5 through 13 (grades K-8) to participate in the “Youth Art Competition” it is holding in conjunction with the Asheville Fine Art Show on May 19 & 20, 2018. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2018.

Hot Works has a long history of promoting art education in connection with its fine art shows. One way in which it seeks to accomplish this goal is by inviting local youngsters to compete in an adjunct youth art competition for grades K-8 or ages 5-13. Sponsored by the Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc. (the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is part of the art fair), the competition gives budding young artists a golden opportunity to begin learning the rules of being part of a professional art show and exhibition. As a bonus, competitors are provided with prime space within the show to display their entries, and $250 in cash awards for the winners.

The Asheville Fine Art Show features work by up to 125 fine art and craft artists who have been juried into the two-day event by a panel of professionals in evaluating and judging artwork of all kinds and descriptions. The exhibiting professionals are on sight throughout the show, and students participating in the competition are afforded the opportunity to speak with them and ask questions about their process, inspiration and what it is like to participate in art festivals and fairs as a career.

“In these ways, our youth art competition provides students with an unmatched learning experience,” states Art Show Director Patty Narozny. Criteria for judging the youth competition is the same as that employed to judge the work of the show’s professional artists: technique/execution and originality.

Applications are available at (www.hotworks.org). For more information, please contact Show Director Patty Narozny at 941/755-3088 or by e-mail at (Patty@artsandeducationinc.org).

The Asheville Fine Art Show brings to Asheville and surrounding communities new original paintings, drawings, pastels, photography, ceramics, clay, glass, sculpture, wood working and carvings, fiber art and art jewelry from the ateliers, studios and workshops of some 125 local and internationally-acclaimed artists. It takes place indoors in the cozy Asheville suburb of Fletcher at the WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, North Carolina 28732 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

Since 2003, Hot Works LLC has established an outstanding national reputation for producing high-quality juried art shows, with four of its five shows ranked in the top 100 in the nation. Festival Director Patty Narozny personally attends to every detail, ensuring that the art on display is personally made by the exhibiting artists and of the highest quality, which allows patrons to buy with confidence that they are getting original, top-notch works of art.

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Holds Opens Call for Entries for “FRESH” Exhibition – Deadline May 12, 2018

March 31, 2018

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, seeks submissions for “FRESH”, an exhibition of new works by North Carolina artists. The exhibition demystifies the process about what goes into the making of a juried exhibition by exhibiting all submitted works prior to the final juried exhibition. NC artists 18 + working in any media are encouraged to submit work produced in the last two years to this unique exhibition. Submissions are limited in size to a maximum of 36” wide and 72” high. For video submissions, please contact Annah Lee prior to the deadline to ensure work can be accommodated. All work must be for sale. 50% commission from all sales goes directly to support the Artspace Inspiration Fund. For further details visit (http://artspacenc.org/artists/opportunities/call-for-exhibitions/fresh/).

Submission Timeline: Submissions due to Artspace between May 8-12, 2018, from 11am-5pm. All submitted work will be displayed in Gallery One and Gallery Two from May 18 – 26. Selected works will be announced May 28. Juried selection will be on display in Gallery One from June 1 – 29, 2018.

Juror:
The exhibition and awards will be juried by Jennifer Dasal, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the NC Museum of Art and creator + host of “ArtCurious” podcast. Cash awards for Best in Show ($1000), 2nd place ($500), 3rd place ($250), and People’s Choice ($100).

Programs:
FRESH Look: May 17, 6pm. Pre-jury viewing party.
FRESH Interpretations: May 19, 11am. Musical response to selected works with Greg Whitt.
FRESH Perspective: June 16, 12-2pm. Live screening of new ArtCurious episode followed by a Q+A session with juror, Jennifer Dasal.

About Artspace:
Artspace is a visual arts center inspiring innovation through opportunities to experience the creative process and engage with artists. Artspace is a widely known and highly valued non-profit visual arts leader in the Southeast. It is a locus of opportunity for the curious of all ages where innovation and creativity are explored, experienced, shared, and celebrated.

For further info call 919/821-2787 or visit (www.artspacenc.org).

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Announces Winners of “24th Annual Judged Show”

March 31, 2018

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) “24th Annual Judged Show” was a huge success. More than 100 artists from around the Lowcountry submitted work for the judged show. Here are all of the winners by category:

Acrylic:
3rd — “Any Which Way” by Mary Sullivan
2nd — “The Boatman” by Dave Dickson
1st — “Contemplation” by Jennifer Rocco Stone

Mixed Media:
3rd — “The Equestrian” by Anne M. Kennedy
2nd — “Out of the Blue” by Vicki Jourdan
1st — “On the Marsh” by Penny Beesley

Oil:
3rd — “Golden Glow” by Dennis Lake
2nd — “Race Day” by Murray Sease
1st — “Jessica” by Kristan Eisenbraun

Photo:
3rd — “I Bow to You My Queen” by Linda Moore
2nd — “Enchanted Forest” by Clyde Lohere
1st — “Owl Always Love You” by Sue Jarrett

Watercolor:
3rd — “Alex in Wonderland” by Mary Ann Putzier
2nd — “Coexist” by Brenda Fallon
1st — “Peony Patterns” by Christy McEvilly

Best in Show:
“Chef David” by LeAnn Kalita


Work by LeAnn Kalita

Honorable Mention:
Acrylic – # 9 – Solitude- by Bill Winn
Oil- # 5 – Summer Shines at the Bluff- by Nancy Dwight
Oil- # 10 – Beauty is Eternal by Pam Davis
Photography- # 7 – Eureka- by Diana Nadanyi
Watercolor- # 5- Resting Mates- Port Royal by Donna Cole
Watercolor- #15- Butterfly Dreams- Cynthia Zeiss

SoBA is the flourishing art hub in Bluffton, SC’s historic District at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions and more. Please visit (www.sobagallery.com) for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

Hickory, NC’s Oktoberfest Calls for Artists to Enter Oktoberfest Juried Arts and Crafts – Deadline August 1, 2018

March 31, 2018

Hickory, NC’s Oktoberfest 2018 is now accepting applications for Arts and Crafts vendors. Celebrating its 33rd year, this annual festival will be held October 12, 13, and 14, 2018 in Downtown Hickory NC. Estimated attendance is 100,000 for the three day event.

Hickory’s Oktoberfest is an outdoor festival held annually on the second weekend in October. It features four stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors.

Oktoberfest’s Juried Arts and Crafts show is a juried event, with prizes given for the top three artisans. The Arts & Crafts area includes paintings, sculpture, pottery, handmade swings, candles, jewelry, photography and more. Booth spaces are 10 x 10 and limited to one craftsperson per booth. Registration will be accepted until August 1, 2018. Booth fees are $200.00 for all three days with electricity available for an additional $25.00. Applications and guidelines are available on line at (www.hickoryoktoberfest.com).

Other vendors include commercial businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Applications for Commercial and Non-Profit vendors are available online at (www.hickoryoktoberfest.com). Food vendors are welcomed into the festival by invitation only. No food vendor applications are provided online.

For more information on Oktoberfest 2018, applications and guidelines or sponsorship information please visit the website (www.hickoryoktoberfest.com) and click on vendor applications or e-mail to (info@downtownhickory.com).